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Bristol Bears coaching team, including TWO former England internationals

Bristol Bears have confirmed their coaching team ahead of the resumption of the 2019/20 campaign in August. The 2019/20 coaching team is as follows: Pat Lam (Director of Rugby): The leader of the organisation, Lam assumes overall responsibility for game plan, Team attack and Team defence. Conor McPhillips (Assistant Coach): Now in his eighth season with Lam,…

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British & Irish Lions predicted 2021 squad, according to the bookies

Although it’s about a year until Warren Gatland picks his Lions squad, the public has already started talking about who will make it onto the plane and who will line-up in the first Test against South Africa. Gatland has spoken publicly about his team but has given little away as he continues to ponder over big…

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Leicester Tigers confirm England star has signed new contract

Leicester Tigers have agreed a new deal with international Ellis Genge. The front-rower has made 70 first-team appearances for Leicester since making his debut in March 2016. Initially signed on loan from Bristol, Genge made the move permanent at the conclusion of the 2015/16 season and has now extended a contract which the loosehead prop re-signed…

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TRANSFER | Stade Francais confirm the signing of two Premiership stars

It’s been confirmed that Springbok lock Gerbrandt Grobler will join Stade Français on a two-year deal. The South African, who has already played in the Top 14 with Racing 92 during the 2016-2017 season, becomes the latest departure from Gloucester. 🆕✍️ | @Gerbrandt69 rejoint Paris ! Le 2ème ligne 🇿🇦 en provenance de @gloucesterrugby s’engage pour 2…

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RUMOUR | Leicester Tigers have found their Telusa Veainu replacement

Leicester Tigers have reportedly found a replacement for fullback Telusa Veainu after the fan favourite departed following the much-publicized wage row. The Tonga international is one of six players to have departed Welford Road along with Kyle Eastmond, Manu Tuilagi, Greg Bateman, Jordan Taufua and Noel Reid. Leicester Tigers announced today that a “number of…

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REPORTS | Harlequins scrum guru Adam Jones could be on the move

Wales legend Adam Jones has emerged as new Ospreys boss Tony Booth’s number one target as he looks to recruit a formidable backroom staff. The 100-cap Lions and Wales legend, who was renowned as one of the games finest ever scrummagers, has made an almost seamless transition to coaching. According to The Rugby Paper, Quins…

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Sir Ian McGeechan picks his dream team, and it’s as fearsome as you’d expect

As someone who coached the Lions on four separate tours (and played on two others), Sir Ian McGeechan is better qualified than most to pick an all-time rugby dream team. This week he has been picking his all-star XV, and here it is! BACK-THREE Fullback: JPR Williams (Wales) – “Not a staggeringly original choice, I’ll…

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FREE AGENT | The contenders to sign Manu Tuilagi – Ranked

Manu Tuilagi is among six players who will leave Leicester Tigers after failing to agree reduced wage packages amid financial challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The Tigers revealed on Wednesday that the pandemic has cost them approximately £5m in revenue and they had asked players to take a 25 per cent pay cut for…

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REPORT | Premiership club are ready to offer Manu Tuilagi a lifeline

Powerhouse centre Manu Tuilagi is reportedly set to stay in the Gallagher Premiership after receiving a moderate offer. The England star is one of five players to have departed Tigers, the club’s chief executive Andrea Pinchen has confirmed. Kyle Eastmond, Telusa Veainu, Greg Bateman and Noel Reid have also left. There were fears that Tuilagi…

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Former Springbok captain handed eight-year ban

Former South Africa captain Mahlatse “Chiliboy” Ralepelle has received an eight-year ban for doping on Wednesday. The 33-year-old tested positive for the banned anabolic agent, Zeranol, during an out-of-competition test on 17 January 2019. “The Independent Doping Tribunal Panel handed down its decision in two parts this week on the doping charge against former Springbok…

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